The Kita (キタ) is an area in Osaka city. The area around Umeda station, where major terminals for the Osaka subway, JR , Hankyu and Hanshin railways can be found, boasts department stores, buildings full of fashionable shops and various attractions.
There are two main train stations in this area, namely Umeda Station, and Osaka Station. Both are very close.
Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen (新幹線） trains arrive at Shin-Osaka station, to the north of the city center. From Shin-Osaka, you can connect to Umeda Station by using the Midosuji subway line, or connect to the local JR network for other destinations.
The best trains between Kansai Int'l Airport and Osaka station are "Kansai airport rapid service" which operates by JR-WEST. The journey takes approximately 65 minutes at a cost of ¥1160.
JR Limited express train "Haruka" stop at Tennoji Station and Shin-Osaka Station. But Haruka doesn't stop at Osaka Station. The train passes through Umeda Freight Line, which bypasses Osaka Station.
Osaka Science Museum (大阪市立科学館), (Walk from subway Higobashi Station or Yodoya-bashi Station, 500m and 900m to the west respectively.), . Tu-Su 9:30AM-5PM, closed Dec 28-Jan 4, closed on public holidays. Big interactive activity center on several floors. Great for kids. Planetarium and cinema (with science films) downstairs.Adults ¥600, children ¥300.
Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル), 1-1-20 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku (10 min. walk from JR Osaka or Hankyu Umeda.), . Built in an attempt to upgrade Osaka's somewhat downbeat Kita district, the project wasn't quite the hoped-for commercial success but this bizarrely shaped 40-story, 173-meter building is still a city landmark. Take the escalator through midair to the rooftop observatory for an open-air view of Osaka, which is particularly impressive on a clear night. There is a lover's seat, where if you hold your partner's hand, and each hold a metal button on the seat, the ground around you lights up into a heart. You can purchase an engraved heart lock (¥1000) and attached it to the padlock wall around the seat (padlocks only available after 7pm). Observatory admission ¥700, 10AM-10:30PM daily. The basement features a recreation of a Meiji-era street, with a few small restaurants and bars in appropriate style. There is also a small store downstairs where you can purchase quality mochi on the cheap.
Japan Mint (造幣局), 1-1-79 Temma Kita-ku (15 minutes walk from Temmabashi subway stop.), . It's not widely known even by people from elsewhere in the country that Japan Mint is actually headquartered in Osaka. For Osakans, Sakura-no-tōrinuke (桜の通り抜け, cherry blossom tunnel road) is a synonym for this facility, attracting a large number of visitors (close to 1 million in just 7 days) during a limited, planned week in mid-Apr. A must-see if you are fond of nature and happen to drop into Osaka in-season.Free.
Open Air Museum of Old Farmhouses, Ryokuchi-koen (Take the Midosuji subway line to Ryokuchi.). Tu-Su. Ryokuchi park itself is lovely, and in it is a museum of a dozen old Edo period farmhouses, moved across country and lovingly reconstructed. Also on display are tools, furniture, and the like. You can go to Himeji-jo or the old palace in Kyoto and see how the rulers lived, but come down here to see how the people lived. Thanks to the efforts of a volunteer from Australia, they have a great new English-language brochure to guide you.¥500.
Umeda Joypolis Sega, (next to Umeda (Osaka) station). 11AM-11PM. Occupies the 8th and 9th floors of the Hep Five building with arcades and a Ferris wheel at the top. Local laws prohibit kids being here after dark even in the company of their parents, so if you want to take the kids along, plan on going early. The HEP5 Ferris is okay though.¥500-¥600 attractions.
Osaka Siki Musical Theater, (In the Herbis ENT, Umeda). Home of the Shiki Theatre Company.
The festival hall in Nakanoshima, near Umeda, and the symphony hall in Umeda host modern and classical recitals, while Umeda Koma in Umeda, and Shin-Kabukiza in Uehommachi host Enka performances. For more independent or underground music, try Banana Hall in Umeda or Big Cat in Amerika-mura.
Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
Daimaru Umeda (大丸梅田店), (Direct access from JR Osaka Station). One of the largest department store in Osaka, renovated and re-opened in the spring of 2011
Hankyu San Bangai (阪急三番街), (Direct access from Hankyu Umeda Station). The large shopping areas filled with a variety of shops from cages to brandname boutiques
HERBIS PLAZA ENT (ハービスプラザ ENT), (3 minutes walk from Hanshin Umeda Station), ☎ +81 (0)6-6343-7500, . Boutiques of famous brands inside and outside Japan, gourmet restaurants
For Japanese and foreign books, try Kinokuniya in Hankyu Umeda Station, or Junkudo south of Osaka Station.
The Official Hanshin Tigers (baseball team) Shop is located on 8th floor of Hanshin Department Store at Umeda.
Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street (天神橋筋商店街 Tenjinbashi-suji Shōtengai) is said to be the longest straight and covered shopping arcade in Japan at approx. 2.6km length. The arcade is running north-south along Tenjinbashi-suji street, and is accessible from multiple subway and/or JR stations, eg. Tenma, Minami-Morimachi, Tenjinbashi-suji 6-chome, etc. Nothing meant for sightseeing, the arcade is a live exhibition of Osaka's daily life, open since Edo period.
Snack Park (スナックパーク), Hanshin department store (Umeda), B2 Floor. 10AM-8:30PM. Offers okonomiyaki, takoyaki and a few surprises like doteyaki (どて焼き) — stewed beef sinew.
Tsuruhashi Fūgetsu (鶴橋風月), Hankyu Grand Building 29F (Next to Hankyu Umeda Station.), . Good okonomiyaki as well yakisoba, with extra toppings (egg, cheese, etc.). The restaurant overlooks Umeda. There's an English menu.¥700-800.
En (Umeda) (えん梅田店), SWING umeda 2F 2-15-20 Sonezaki (From Hankyu Umeda station, exit on the east. From the Hep 5 building (red ferris wheel), walk south in front of Hep Navio, and cross the road leading into the shopping street. Walk 50 m into the shopping street, take the first right, walk 50 m, cross the road and walk into the shopping street. The entrance to En えん is on your left.), ☎ 06-6361-9896, . 5-11:30 pm. En is one of the most atmospheric and tastiest izakayas in Osaka, with branches in Umeda and Namba. The interior is beautiful and food is delicious and reasonably priced. En also has a large range of Japanese Sake and has an English menu.Food will cost ¥2000-2500 per person, drinks start from around ¥500.
Torikizoku (鳥貴族), . 5 or 6 pm to late. Torikizoku is the most popular WikiPedia:yakitorichain in Kansai, and can be found near most major stations in Osaka. The food is delicious, comes in generous serves and is very cheap. It's very popular with both locals and expats, and is always busy. Try to come before 7:30 to secure seats. All food/drink ¥300 each.
Aruna (アルナ). A reasonably easy-to-find and vegetarian-friendly Indian restaurant in Umeda. Mina, the proprietress, speaks excellent English. Vegetarian curry is available on request.Note that this shop no longer exist.Set meals from ¥1554, curries from ¥1050, beers from ¥525.
Blarney Stone Umeda, Kita-ku, Sonezaki 2-10-15, Sonezaki Center Bldg. 6F, ☎ 06-6364-0057.
Common Style, 1-2-2 Nakazaki-nishi, Kita-ku, . A cafe where foreigners can exchange information with Japanese about what interests them.
Lupu, 1F, Kansai-Chuo Bldg, 15-2 Doyama-cho, ☎ +81 066-311-6700, . A gay and lesbian bar owned by a lesbian couple.No cover.
Physique Pride, 8-23 Sanyo-Kaikan 1-F Doyama-cho, ☎ +81 066-361-2430, . One of Osaka's most popular gay and lesbian bars among foreigners.
Cafe de Jumpin' Jumpin', ☎ 066-363-3367, . 7PM-morning. One of Osaka's gay and lesbian bars.No Cover Charge.
Explosion. Osaka's most popular and largest (albeit still not very big) gay club. They hold special events on Fridays and Saturdays, some of which are men-only and occasionally women-only, so check their website to make sure that you will be able to enter on the day you plan to visit. Foreigners sometimes get discounts or extra free drink coupons, so bring identification (especially if you are of Asian descent).
Jack in the Box, 12-12 Doyama-cho, ☎ 066-361-3271, . 9PM-5AM, Closed Th. A men only gay nightclub.
Sam and Dave, . Popular international dance club with a meat-market vibe. Two locations in Osaka.
Sam and Dave Umeda, 4-15-19 1F Nishi-tenma, Kita-ku, ☎ +81 06 6365-1688.
J-Hoppers Osaka Central, Fukushima 7-4-22 (3 minute walk from Fukushima Station on JR Loop.), ☎ +81 06 6453-6669, . checkin: 3PM-10PM; checkout: 8AM-11AM. A lively backpackers hostel located in the central Osaka. There are three kinds of private rooms (twin, double and triple room). All staff members speak English and can help guests making travel plans. There are also staff who speak French and German. Free WiFi with your laptop or ¥100 per 30 min. for hostel computers. Rental bikes (¥500 per day), with no curfew or lockout and held-luggage services.8 or 6 bed dorm ¥2500, private rooms ¥3000 per person.
TEN Hostel Osaka, 4-5 Kobaicho (5 minute walk from Minami-morimachi subway/Osakatemmangu JR), ☎ +81 06 7500-7612, . checkin: 3PM-11PM; checkout: 10AM. A cozy hostel located in a good area. Beds are Japanese style tatami mats. Staff members speak English. Free WiFi with your laptop in ground and second floor only or ¥100 per 30 min. for hostel computers. Rental bikes, no curfew, or lockout. Held-luggage services available.4 Bed dorms starting from ¥2500 per person.
Capsule Inn Osaka, 9-5 Doyamamachi, Kita-ku (in the Higashi-Hankyu shopping arcade off Umeda station), ☎ +81 06-6314-2100 (fax: +81 06-6363-3014), . This is Japan's first capsule hotel, designed by noted architect Kisho Kurokawa and opened in 1979. Still open for business, happy to accommodate male foreigners with some semblance of a clue and a steal of a price. No women allowed.¥2700 for a night, ¥3300 including spa entry.
Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsules
Daitoyo, 2-1-9 Nakazaki-Nishi, Kita-ku (Near Nakazaki-cho station, Tanimachi-Line subway). Near Umeda, with branches at Namba and Juso. It has a hot spring spa, sauna, and a floor for women.¥3200.
Sunplaza Rinkai (サンプラザ臨海), 16-4-4 Toyosaki Kita-ku (Subway Exit 1 from Nakatsu Station (中津駅) on the Midosuji line, 1 stop from Umeda Station and 2 stops away from Shinosaka Station), ☎ +81 06-6377-9260 (fax: +81 06-6377-0650), . Website is in Japanese. The English site can be obtained through an online booking agent if you Google its full name and if vacancies are available an immediate confirmation will be given. Twins beds available. Each apartment has in-suite shower and toilet, A/C, TV, and a kitchenette complete with fridge, stove and cooking utensils.¥3500 per person per apartment inclusive of taxes, service charges and utilities.
Hilton Osaka, 1-8-8, Umeda, Kita-ku, ☎ +81 6-6347-7111 (fax: +81 6-6347-7001), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Across the street from JR Osaka station.
Rihga Royal Hotel, 5-3-68, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, . Opened as the New Osaka Hotel in 1935, this landmark hotel proudly offers one of the best hotel services in town.
Ritz-Carlton, 2-5-25 Umeda, Kita-ku (just down the street from the Sakurabashi exit of Osaka Station, behind the Central Post Office), ☎ +81 6-6343-7000 (email@example.com, fax: +81 6-6343-7001), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Japan's first. This particular outlet was voted the best hotel in Japan several times, and has become known as one of the city's swankiest dining and meeting points. Rates start around ¥30,000 a night and rise skyward from there.
The Westin Osaka, 1-1-20 Oyodo Naka, Kita-ku, ☎ +81 6-6440-1111 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +81 6-6440-1100), . Next to the Umeda Sky Building.
Osaka Visitors Information Center - Umeda, 3F JR Osaka Sta.1F North Central Gate 3-1-1 Umeda Kita-ku (Central concourse north side at Osaka Sta. on the JR Osaka Loop Line), ☎ +81 (0)6-6345-2189. 9AM-8PM, Open: all year round, excluding 12/31～1/3. Tourist information is offered in English and Japanese.